Thai Cave Rescue – who are the Wild Boars?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: September 22, 2022 (Last updated: November 25, 2023)
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This article, “who are the Wild Boars,” contains significant spoilers about the Netflix series Thai Cave Rescue.

As you probably know by now, Thai Cave Rescue is based on a true story that occurred in 2018. And at the center of that story are the Wild Boars. But who exactly are the team? How do they end up in the cave? And what do they do for the rest of the series?

Thai Cave Rescue – who are the Wild Boars?

The Wild Boars are a junior football team that becomes trapped in the cave and therefore shapes the story of the show. And those 12 football players are Mark, Tee, Titan, Adul, Biw, Phong, Mix, Dom, Tle, Note, Nick, and Night. 

As they are aged between 11 and 16, they are all quite innocent and initially don’t understand the seriousness of the situation they’re in. But as time goes on, they start to realise the gravity of the gloomy event.

What do the Wild Boars do in Thai Cave Rescue season 1?

At the start of the show, the team is led into the cave by their junior coach, Eak. Unaware that a storm is coming, Eak leads the players further into the cave. When heavy rainfall causes the cave to flood partially, the team and Eak find themselves trapped.

For a while, and what must have felt like a lifetime, they have no way to contact their parents. Even worse, they cannot alert anyone to the danger they’re in. It seems that they’re standing in their own graves. However, thanks to a GoPro, help comes, and the outside world learns that the Wild Boars are, in fact, alive. 

It doesn’t mean an instant rescue, however. Unable to get the Wild Boars out safely, experts figure out a way to rescue the Wild Boars as they remain trapped in the cave. Initially, the hope is that the experts will have plenty of time to work with. However, when oxygen levels begin to drop within the cave, there’s a sudden time limit. And if the Wild Boars are freed from the cave soon, they will die. There are desperate efforts to help/free the boys. In one tragic case, Saman dies delivering air tanks to them.

Ultimately, despite everything seemingly being against their release, the Wild Boars all make it out of the cave. And in what was once described as mission impossible, all 12 members of the football team leave the cave alive. 

What did you think of the Wild Boars? 

READ: the review of Thai Cave Rescue.

READ: is Thai Cave Rescue based on a true story?

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